The Art of Seeing II

One of my goals is to become a more deliberate photographer; to slow down.  Too many times I’ve rushed through a location, seeing the obvious and shooting what presented itself first.  Yeah sure, a person can get lucky sometimes, but the more I stop and really see, the better photographs I produce.  Also I’ve been holding ideas in my head and returning to a location when the conditions are more favorable.  I’ve never been much of a planner when it comes to photography, but lately I’ve been setting small goals for myself – nothing crazy or elaborate, more like wish fulfillment.  By keeping specific photographs in mind I have fewer distractions in the field and waste far less time.  It has paid off.

I’d walked by this little waterfall a couple of times and had an idea to shoot it, but needed overcast skies, which I was rewarded with this past Sunday.

Motion a deux

Further downstream I noticed the eddies and whirlpools thrown up by other waterfalls…the bubbles on the surface marked where this phenomenon took place.  Ah…long exposures.  That would do the trick.

I knelt down on the far bank and had a look.  Must get that little Charlie Brown tree in.  It’s cute and balances the composition.  Twenty seconds and a bit of tripod contortions later and I achieved this –

Total Perspective Vortex

I can barely tell you how pleased I am with this image.  Just after taking it, a couple of my photographer friends came by and got busy themselves at this same pool.  I changed to a new vantage point and continued to shoot –

High and Low

Drama in Still-life

While shooting these perched on my boulder I chatted with one of my friends who said he was continuing downstream and asked what there was to see.  I told him, but got distracted.  He pushed off, not wanting to wait for me.  No worries.  I had spotted something definitely worth sticking around for –



4 responses

  1. Great post (and photos). I am looking forward to going back to this location and following your advice to take it slow!

    March 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    • Hey Jason, thanks for stopping by. Slowing down is one of the hardest things for me to do. When I think of the years I spent just racing by locations I cringe at what I lost. At least now I’m trying to change.

      March 24, 2010 at 9:47 am

  2. Fantastic shots! I had to learn to slow down and look closer, too. You’ve done a fantastic job with this series!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:32 pm

  3. Great shots and terrific words to go along with them. Your thoughts about slowing down and becoming more deliberate are an echo of thoughts in my own mind . . . I’m glad to see that you are achieving your goal of “wish fulfillment.” May you have many more slow successes ahead! ~ Lauren

    April 6, 2010 at 9:00 am

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